Thursday, December 22, 2011

Let Nature Appear

Many moons ago, Sarah Whitmire and I embarked on a collaborative art project based on the theme of nature. We both created our own handmade and handbound books, which we traded back and forth over the course of three years. We each worked in both books and challenged ourselves even more by working on top of each other's work -- a true collaborative effort.  The end result was two books, each filled with artwork and memories.


Happily, our books are being featured in the January/February issue of Somerset Studio.



let nature appear

like no other feeling, like no other sound
the rush of the wind, the pulse of the ground

elixer, intention, a spontaneous space
a sense of adventure, a majestic embrace

light and enchanting, a plumage so warm
dark and encumbered, in shadow and form

by design it will stream, it will soar, it will fly
the power of forests, the freedom of sky

there is rain, there is thunder, it is second to none
adrift and asunder, it can't be undone

transition will follow the edge of a breeze
and times we cannot see the woods for the trees

the call of the wild, the answer so clear
the echo of time, both rich and austere
the story is written, let nature appear



24 comments:

Kimber said...

Books look wonderful and I love the words! I'll be on the lookout for the magazine. Congrats to you both.

lyle said...

Seth, my copy just appeared yesterday! I was very impressed with the article on your work. the organization and coordination of a collaboration is very difficult!I salute you both for getting it done and for sharing with us!

Ro Bruhn said...

Congratulations again Seth, this looks wonderful.

Maureen said...

Congratulations! I love these kinds of collaborations, especially when they work out so well. Lovely, creative artworks.

jinxxxygirl said...

Love the poem Seth! Congratulations to you both!!

La Dolce Vita said...

again and again... congratulations Seth, I will have to get this copy... so lovely are the works...
wishing you a beautiful holiday, and may your New Year continue with such great recognition and accolades!!

fairyrocks said...

Fascinating. and Congratulations, nobody does the books better!!
Merry Christmas one and all

bohemiannie! art said...

Lovely poetry and books! I sure wish Stampington would join the millenium and offer digital copies so I could receive them here in Colombia where the mail "don't work"!!!

lynne h said...

wow, these books are *gorgeous* seth! xo

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I love your cover and your "leave" page. Congrats on the article. xox Corrine

Pat Quilty said...

I am so impressed by your collaboration which is featured in the current issue of Somerset. I enjoyed the pics and article. I was touched by the poetry. Was that collaborated too? Just wonderful and meaningful.
Pat q

layers said...

Is there nothing you can't do? You write wonderful poetry too.. artist, poet, lover of art..wishing you a terrific new year.

Fallingladies said...

Oh,this looks great! Can't wait to see it! Congratulations!
-andrea

Kathy McCreedy said...

Congratulations, Seth! I'll go pick up a copy of the magazine asap! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment... and congratulations on the upcoming publication of your book!!! SO many wonderful things happening for you, thanks to all of your hard work, and I honestly do not know anyone who deserves the success or accolades more than you. Happpy Holidays!

nancy neva gagliano said...

you, the man in the big city, captures the intention of nature in a celebration of words crafted together in a rhythm that resonates!
best wishes for a year filled with your art spirit,
your "disco" friend forever!

Marilyn said...

Seth, I'm looking forward to this article. I love the accompanying poetry and I know the creativity will be nothing short of magnificent.

ART*ticulation said...

A huge congrats Seth!!!! Collaborations can be challenging but so worth it all!!!

Lynn said...

It blows my mind all you create alone and with others; your published works all deserving to be seen by the masses; and now poetry too! You are one amazing guy! Artist! Creator!
Way to go Seth and Mazol Tov once again!!!!
The books that I can see here look fabulous. I wlll get a copy of that mag to see more close up!

rivergardenstudio said...

Ahhhhhh... this poem is very moving, a piece of art itself, like a song with its highs and lows. And this beautiful collaboration. Can hardly wait for my own copy. roxanne

Kate Burroughs said...

Can't wait to see the magazine! Thanks for the heads up.
Aloha, Kate

Jill Zaheer said...

Congrats to you and Sarah on the selection of your books for publication and- what a beautiful poem you've shared with us.

Patti said...

yay! I have the magazine but haven't opened it yet - now I will!!

Parabolic Muse said...

Just so beautiful, and completely deserving of the treatment! I am definitely picking this up.

(I'll pay for it, probably.)

xo

Canace said...

Love the poem Seth.. just beautiful.. anxious to see your collaborative work in the magazine.

Congratulations! :o)